Koine Greek Geek

This blog is for those who are interested in Koine (Biblical) Greek, currently studying Koine Greek; as well as those who have questions about Koine Greek. Debates and commenting are encouraged, but inappropriate comments/replies will be deleted by the blog publisher. Readers are encouraged to check my book and website posts constantly for updates.


"Oyarsa" for those who don't know, is the name of an archangel (or "god" with a little 'g') in C. S. Lewis's Space Trilogy. I liked the character, so I stole the name. Who am I? I am a library science student in Illinois who has a variety of interests--too many to list! I have worked in libraries for five years and counting.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Tonight is a Research Night....

I hope to have a post up by tomorrow evening. Sorry for the continual delays. Graduate School and constant blogging don't go together very well (at least, not if one wishes to maintain a high GPA....)

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

My Intentions for My Greek Translation Posts

Posts will (generally) follow the following format, unless technical issues make this difficult to duplicate:

Biblical Reference (ex. John 1:1) The verse in Greek, however long or short it may be....

Parsing of each word (read: noun, adjective, adverb, verb, preposition)

Notes on background of words, notes of importance about the verse (optional)

Literal translation

Final translation

Why two translations? A literal translation can be awkward reading, particularly for those who are more used to reading a more "polished" translation"

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Grad School Craziness

Once again, I've had to take a leave of absence from blogging; graduate school and work responsibilities have made me put many of my hobbies aside. Hopefully I will be able to update this more often in the near future, but very likely posting here will be sporadic until the end of the month.

Apologies in advance,


Saturday, March 11, 2006

Off Topic Update

I'm here; I've just been busy with classes and other obligations. Hopefully I'll be able to update this more often.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Greek Vocabulary Cards

I was going to include the Basics of Biblical Greek Vocabulary Cards n my "Find Greek Books post" until I reasoned myself out of it

  1. Vocabulary cards are not a "book".
  2. When I checked Worldcat, they were only available in two libraries: Trinity Episcopal School in Ambridge, Pennsylvania(available on reserve at the library, so the odds are unlikely that they'd interlibrary loan it), and Concordia University in Saint Paul, Minnesota (also apparently only for use in house). Odds are, neither library is in convenient distance for 99% of the people who stumble across or regularly read this blog.
  3. These vocabulary cards are an excellent timesaver and a good resource.

I own the set at home, though I didn't purchase it until after I took my first year of Koine Greek in college. I wish I had known about this set of Koine Greek cards then, it would have saved me many hours of writing out Greek vocabulary words, checking to make sure I had all the accents, checking to make sure I had all the accents placed correctly....

Anyway, some pluses I have noticed from owning this set of Greek Vocabulary cards:

  1. Good features

    • Keyed to William D. Mounce’s Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar
      Frequency numbers on every card
    • Principal parts given for verbs
    • Cards numbered for easy assignment
    • First 320 cards based on order of Basics of Biblical Greek Grammar
    • Cards 321–1,000 ordered according to frequency

  2. Words are listed with the genitive case ending and the article.
  3. Size and shape of cards more conducive to more comfortable and convenient holding. (Easier to handle than the VisEd set I also found.)

For those of you who own Mounce's Basics of Biblical Greek or those who just want to brush up on vocabulary, buy this set; you won't regret it.


I'm adding more websites and book resources to the appropriate posts. If anyone knows of a Greek website or book or other resource which I have NOT listed, please let me know.

As you can tell, I have linked to Zhubert.com's Verse of the Day. This should appear in the upper lefthand corner of my blog.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Greek Verses Under Construction

Evidently Blogger doesn't have the "Symbol" font available, so I will have to go in and manually code each letter, accent, etc of the greek alphabet. Whee!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Oyarsa's Verse Translations Index

My intention for this blog is to post one Bible verse at a time, with how I've translated it.

Remember: I have had 1 year (two semesters) of Koine Greek at the college level; I am teaching myself 2nd year Greek at my own pace. I have never attended seminary and I am not a member of the clergy. As such, I ask my readers to take my translations with a grain of salt. Any and all corrections and comments are not only welcomed but formally requested, whether you choose to make your comments by email or within this blog.

As I add verses to the blog, I will include a link within this post for easy access to any and all verses.

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